U.S. President Donald Trump acknowledged on Sunday that his son met with Russians in 2016 at Trump Tower to get information on his election opponent Hillary Clinton, saying it was “totally legal” and “done all the time in politics.”
U.S. President Donald Trump gave his clearest admission yet on Sunday that the purpose of the meeting between son Don Jr. and a Kremlin-connected lawyer before the 2016 presidential election was to get dirt on Hillary Clinton.
Trump calling the meeting ‘totally legal’ and ‘done all the time’ in politics.’
His tweet contradicting an initial statement Trump helped his son craft in July of 2017 – which said the two side discussed adoption of Russian children by Americans.
Political campaigns routinely pursue opposition research on their opponents, but not with foreign representatives from a country viewed as an adversary. Russian officials were under U.S. sanctions at the time.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller is examining whether Trump campaign members coordinated with Russia to sway the White House race in his favor. Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied his government interfered.
Trump also doubled down on his criticism of the press Sunday, tweeting:
‘They purposely cause great division & distrust. They can also cause War!’
His incendiary rhetoric against the press closely tied to his continued criticism of the Russia probe.
Trump attorney Jay Sekulow told ABC Sunday that if the President is subpoenaed by Mueller, Trump’s attorneys will attempt to quash it in court.